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Chase Ordered to Refund $309 Million

October 22, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) ordered Chase Bank USA, NA and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, NA to refund roughly $309 million to some 2.1 million customers for illegal credit card practices. CFPB and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) found that Chase engaged in unfair billing […]

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CFPB Warns Employers About Use of Payroll Cards

October 21, 2013

On September 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a bulletin reminding employers that they may not require employees to receive wages on a payroll card. The bulletin also explains some of the federal consumer protections that apply to payroll cards, such as fee disclosure, access to account […]

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CFPB Finalizes Amendments to Mortgage Rules

October 18, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently finalized several amendments and clarifications to the mortgage rules, proposed on June 24, 2013. The key changes include the following: Mortgage Servicing The amendments include a process for servicers to offer short-term forbearance plans to delinquent borrowers, without completing the full loss-mitigation evaluation […]

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Confidential Settlement Reached in Wrongful Conviction Case

October 17, 2013

The City of Council Bluffs, Iowa this week settled a lawsuit brought by two men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years. The lawsuit, brought by Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, was scheduled for retrial this week. The original trial ended in mistrial in December 2012 after jurors […]

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Mobile Lab and X-Ray Provider to Pay $17.5 Million for Fraudulent Claims

October 10, 2013

Diagnostic Laboratories and Radiology (“Diagnostic Labs”) will pay $17.5 million to settle claims that the California-based company violated the federal and California False Claims Acts by paying kickbacks for referral of mobile lab and radiology services that were thereafter billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program). Diagnostic Labs reportedly […]

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CFPB Resolves Debt Settlement Enforcement Action

October 9, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced an enforcement action against Meracord, LLC, a debt settlement payment processor, for helping other entities collect millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees from consumers. The CFPB has asked a federal court to approve a consent order that would require Meracord and its […]

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Bank of America Goes to Trial on Mortgage Fraud Charges

October 8, 2013

Jury selection began on October 1, 2013 in the government’s first financial crisis case to go to trial against a major bank over defective mortgages. The case involves claims that Bank of America’s Countrywide unit approved deficient home loans in a process called “Hustle,” defrauding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, […]

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Hilton Head Hospital Accused in Medicaid Kickback Scheme

September 19, 2013

Hilton Head Hospital has been named in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the hospital paid kickbacks to a clinic that directed expectant, undocumented mothers living in the United States to the hospital as a way to increase Medicaid revenue. The federal qui tam lawsuit was recently unsealed, meaning that the […]

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NC Policy Watch Comments on Recent Pro-Business Supreme Court Decision

September 17, 2013

NC Policy Watch recently published an article highly critical of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s August 30, 2013 decision in Bumpers v. Community Bank of Northern Virginia. In Bumpers, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed a summary judgment ruling in favor of a victim of predatory lending practices. In the […]

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CFPB Report Cites Mortgage Servicing Problems

September 16, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a report on August 21, 2013 detailing widespread mortgage servicing problems at both banks and nonbanks. Read the Supervisory Highlights report. The report also found that a number of nonbanks lack effective systems for ensuring compliance with federal law. Under the Dodd-Frank Wall […]

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